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Beach and Tidal Inlet Habitat Inventories—North Atlantic

This series of reports, databases, and imagery from Google Earth inventorying beach and tidal inlet habitats from Maine to Virginia assesses impacts of Hurricane Sandy on the North Atlantic coastline.

The inventories, analyses, databases, and reports from this project provide an assessment of changes to the baseline of tidal inlet and sandy beach habitats before, immediately following, and three years after Hurricane Sandy. This assessment of impacts to beaches, plovers, and other beach-dependent species can guide future beach management actions and policy and result in the development of best management practices for future storms. 

The North Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) Hurricane Sandy beach resilience project is providing inventories of modifications to both tidal inlet and sandy, ocean-front beach habitats along the Atlantic coast from Maine through Virginia. Three distinct time periods are being assessed—before, immediately after, and three years after Hurricane Sandy—to document modifications to beaches and beach habitat in response to the storm. The inventories and series of reports were generated using Google Earth imagery.

  • Phase 1 of the project is an inventory of habitat modifications to tidal inlets and sandy beach habitat prior to Hurricane Sandy, which made landfall on October 29, 2012.
  • Phase 2 used imagery immediately following Hurricane Sandy (i.e., November 2012, where it is available) to assess whether the number and location of tidal inlets and lengths of sandy beaches changed with the storm.
  • Phase 3 is an update of the habitat modifications inventories to include projects constructed and proposed within three years following Hurricane Sandy, through the end of calendar year 2015. Phase 3 includes two components of post-Sandy inventories: (1) replicating all Phase 1 work using imagery dated three years post-Sandy (late 2015 or early  2016) to capture the changes in inlets and sandy beaches following three years of recovery and restoration activities; and (2) adding a quantification of the lengths of beach in each state impacted by sand fencing and beach scraping following Hurricane Sandy using the best available information.

All spatial data is also available on the North Atlantic LCC's spatial data viewer, the Conservation Planning Atlas, under the coastal and marine galleries.

Last modified
26 January 2018 - 12:00pm